Queen's Speech: Pomp, ritual in delivering UK gov't program

Typically, the Queen's speech is a colorful affair with extravagant - and, well, royal - traditions.

A senior Trump administration source denied that the subject came up when Trump and May spoke in the aftermath of the British general election.

"That means getting a deal which delivers the result of last year's referendum and does so in a way that commands maximum public support", May said in remarks introducing the policy plan.

Of 27 Bills and draft bills unveiled in Mrs May's first Queen's Speech, eight are devoted to the complex process of leaving the EU, including a Repeal Bill to overturn the 1972 Act which took Britain into the European Economic Community, and separate Bills on customs, trade, immigration, fisheries, agriculture, nuclear safeguards and the worldwide sanctions regime.

The speech, which follows the State Opening of Parliament, sets out the priorities for the government over the course of the next Parliament.

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In fact, Twitter was filled with comments and observations as they were left convinced the royal was sending her own message.

"We will do what is in the national interest and we will work with anyone in any party that is prepared to do the same", she said.

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Nor was there a mention of President Donald Trump's previously announced, but as yet unscheduled state visit.

May's gamble of calling snap polls spectacularly backfired as Conservatives won 318 out of 650 seats while the opposition Labour secured 262, leaving neither party anywhere close to the 326 seats required for an overall majority.

The Queen flagged her government's intentions to continue looking for resolution to conflicts raging in the Middle East.

"My ministers will ensure that the United Kingdom's leading role on the world stage is maintained and enhanced as it leaves the European Union", the Queen said at the State Opening of Parliament.

As MPs debated, a few hundred protesters gathered for a so-called "Day of Rage" outside Parliament.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has already said that his party could vote against the Queen's Speech and even offer up some amendments.

"Get your skates on", he shouted, according to The Independent, "the first race is half past two".

  • Adam Floyd